Category Archives: “Bad Optics”

Remembrance Day ad gets mixed reviews for making test audience ‘feel guilty’

“While it packed an emotional wallop for those who know John McCrae’s 1915 poem, “at least half the participants in the English sessions did not recognize In Flanders Fields, nor did any of the Montreal participants.”

It will also make many want to puke. ( Ad screenshot below)

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Infame and Great Place

…Had she won, Miss Williams would have tied the great Aussie champ Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. Instead she played badly – and beating up the umpire testifies not to your greatness but only to self-indulgence and ill-discipline: it’s the consolation of losers. But so what? Aside from being singularly ill-named, Serena is merely the latest raging boor and narcissist who failed to (as I was saying only the other day) keep her head and play the game. What made the weekend’s fiasco depressing and unnerving was the reaction of almost everyone else.

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‘We broke no laws’: Defiant right-wing activist Lauren Southern refuses to pay police $68,000 for providing security on her Australian tour

Lauren Southern and her promoters have refused to pay a $68,000 bill issued by police in Victoria who provided security on her Australian speaking tour.

The right-wing commentator, who told a crowd Melbourne should be ‘nuked’ and once claimed ‘Allah was gay’, was the target of regular protesting during her tour.

The company behind her Australian tour, Axiomatic Events, has slammed Victoria’s police minister and refused to pay the bill.

State Thuggery.

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Christie Blatchford: We need answers from our authorities, not sympathy and silence

I don’t want more thoughts and prayers, makeshift memorials or candlelight vigils. How about some hard, factual information in a timely manner?

According to the parents the Fredericton shooter is “mentally ill”.

Update…

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Colleges Are Rejecting Applicants Who Follow Controversial People On Twitter

While major Internet platforms are busy silencing Alex Jones of Infowars.com, prestigious colleges are rejecting applicants who connect on social media with him and others with opinions not considered mainstream. We are not talking about applicants who are retweeting alleged hate speech,  alleged “Fake News”, or alleged hoaxes. We are talking about just following a Twitter feed of someone whose views are frowned upon by members of an admissions committee.

While one of my legal clients (a 17 year old teen) was being interviewed by one of the most competitive colleges in the country he was asked why he was following Alex Jones on Twitter. My client, a teenager expected to talk about his stellar grades, top test scores, amazing extracurricular activities and volunteer work, but the interviewer focused on who he was connecting with online. My client had never “liked” or re-tweeted any of Mr. Jones’ content. His alleged “transgression” was that he followed Mr. Jones on Twitter. That was it.

Subsequently, the student’s parents engaged me about this troubling situation. Immediately, I performed a digital background check on the admissions interviewer and found her to be a Bernie Sanders follower. Interestingly, Mr. Jones’ is not a big fan of Mr. Sanders.  To each his own; however, political discrimination has no place during the college admissions process and I told the college’s admissions director that the situation must be properly resolved immediately. The college didn’t want any negative publicity about this matter so it quickly resolved the situation to my client’s satisfaction.

This example demonstrates why teens need to not just audit their digital profiles and lock down their social media accounts during the college application process, they must also ensure that their web surfing history is not collected by an admissions committee because innocent digital activity is being used to reject students from their dream colleges. A teen’s web search history may include topics such as politics, religion, health status, creed, etc. According to The New York Times, some colleges are trying to buy these data points from the organizations that provide the SAT or ACT who obtain this data directly from student test takers.

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Indigenous consultants distance themselves from Robert Lepage play ‘Kanata’ over lack of native actors

MONTREAL – Robert Lepage’s latest theatre project, a re-telling of Canada’s history through “the prism of relations between whites and natives,” has sparked criticism because there are no Indigenous actors in the cast.

In defending the play Kanata, the Quebec director and the director of Paris’s Théâtre du Soleil, where it is scheduled to premiere in December, have invoked their extensive consultations with Indigenous artists during its creation. But now even some of those consulted are distancing themselves.

What tribe are consultants?

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Conservatives pull controversial attack ad of black asylum seeker walking on Trudeau tweet to cross border

Conservative party spokesman Cory Hann says the ad was axed because the situation at the border is not about any one group of people

OTTAWA — The Conservative party pulled an attack ad from its Twitter feed Tuesday that depicted a black man carrying a suitcase walking over a tweet from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

What cowardly idiots. Letting the Liberals dictate the state of play once again.

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The NYTs Links Donald Trump’s Immigration Policies To The Death of Anne Frank

Trump is Hitler – Vol. MCMLXXXIV

In one instance, an application that Mr. Frank said he submitted in 1938 languished in an American consulate in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, amid a swell of similar applications and was lost in a bombing raid in 1940. Mr. Frank wrote to a friend that the extensive papers he had gathered as part of a visa application “have been destroyed there.”

In 1941, as Mr. Frank was again attempting to navigate the matrix of paperwork and sponsors necessary to immigrate, the United States government imposed a stricter review of applications for visas, grew suspicious of possible spies and saboteurs among Jewish refugees, and banned applicants with relatives in German-occupied countries.

The new research comes at a time when President Trump’s attempts to curb immigration have been likened to those in the World War II era. Mr. Trump has repeatedly sought to justify letting fewer people into the country by arguing that criminals and terrorists could be among the immigrants and refugees seeking to enter.

Mr. Breitman underscored those similarities, pointing to debates over immigration policy today and after Sept. 11. Mr. Breitman said that as Mr. Frank was trying to get to the United States, the country was instituting an “extreme cutback” on immigration.

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‘I come from a third world country and it is not as bad as this’: San Francisco’s homelessness and opioid crises drive away business

San Francisco’s spiraling homelessness and opioid crisis is starting to drive away business and tourists, and a $40million medical convention has cancelled after its attendees complained they were too scared to walk the streets alone.

DailyMail.com’s shocking photos of San Francisco, on Tuesday, capture a city in turmoil; with homeless people passed out on the sidewalks, shooting up in the streets and begging for survival.

The issue has become so dire that Chicago-based organizers of a five-day, semi-annual medical convention, which attracts around 15,000 people and pumps $40 million into the local economy, have announced they are moving the event to Los Angeles.

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